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Canisius in the News

The latest study released by the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) shows more promise that a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder no longer guarantees a difficult life for children.

According to the findings, summerMAX, the IAR’s treatment program for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD), can successfully be applied in a community-based setting.  After the summerMAX program, children showed an increase in social skills and a substantial decrease in the severity of autism spectrum symptoms., a top science news site, included the IAR’s research on its website. Read the article here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Serious Games Meetup Group Takes Journey on Apollo 11

SeriousGamesMeetup2The third meeting of the Serious Games Meetup Group is Friday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. in Lyons Hall 122. Experience the immersive power of Virtual Reality (VR) in a one-hour play session.

VR is well known for thrill-inducing roller coaster rides and other entertaining experiences,  however, it can also be a powerful tool for immersive and interactive story telling experiences that serve educational purposes. In this VR play session we will experience educational applications of VR that include a brief history of flight, exploration of anatomy within a human body, a journey to the moon on board the Apollo 11 spacecraft, an autism simulator and others.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Still Time for I. Joan Lorch Award Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 2017, Dr. I. Joan Lorch Awards is extended until Tuesday, February 7. The three categories for nomination include: Canisius Colleague, (any member of the faculty, administration or staff who currently works at Canisius), Canisius Student (any student currently enrolled at Canisius) and Community Award (anyone, anywhere who fulfills the award criteria ― usually someone from the Buffalo area, but not required).

The Dr. I. Joan Lorch Award for Women and Gender Studies honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women, and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality.

Please follow the link below to submit nominations for this year’s award:

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor English, co-director, Women and Gender Studies

Chipotle for a Cause

On Wednesday, February 8, support Team Jamaica’s service immersion trip with your purchase at Chipotle! Present the flyer below at the Chipotle restaurant located at 1717 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to support the team’s trip.


While in Jamaica, the group will work with children and adults with special needs through Mustard Seed Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society.

The service-immersion experiences through Campus Ministry travel to the most marginalized communities in the world. Each of the trips incorporate both direct, hands-on work with people in need and learning opportunities that help students grasp the social, economic, political, religious and cultural contexts in which they work.

Submitted by: Cecelia Gotham, assistant director, stewardship and events

Griff Center Introduces Spring Workshops

Beginning on Thursday, February 2, the Griff Center for Academic Engagement will offer a series of workshops throughout the spring semester. These academic and professional development workshops are titled: Management and Academic Success; Professional Communications; Career, Internship and Graduate School Research; and Tech Tools.  All of the workshops are held on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Horan O’Donnell Room 014. Students may sign up using Handshake.

Please see the attached flyer for dates and details of these innovative and compelling workshops!

For more information, contact Hilary Andelora, senior counselor in the Griff Center at

Submitted by: Hilary Andelora, senior counselor, Griff Center for Academic Engagement